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Save Our Schools National March & Call to Action - Film Festival - July 25 - 29, 2011
SOS Film Festival - ALL FILMS @ 7:30 PM - TICKETS $10
Tickets will be available at the door - cash only
Ticket proceeds will be shared with the filmmakers and go towards the cost of this event.
Monday, July 25, 7:30 PM
"The People Speak"
“The People Speak” is inspired by Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking books "A People’s History of the United States" and "Voices of a People's History of the United States." Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, the documentary feature film THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice.
Monday, July 25, 7:30 PM
"Granito de Arena"
For over 20 years, global economic forces have been dismantling public education in Mexico, but always in the constant shadow of popular resistance…. "Granito de Arena” is the story of that resistance – the story of hundreds of thousands of public schoolteachers whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle for social and economic justice in Mexico's public schools.
Tuesday, July 26, 7:30 PM
“Speaking in Tongues"
At a time when 31 states have passed “English Only” laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This charming story will challenge you to rethink the skills that Americans need to succeed in the 21st century.
Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 PM
“Race to Nowhere”
Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.
Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
"August to June"
Improving public education in America is considered a high priority by most of our leaders. While policymakers associate this almost solely with increased accountability as measured by student performance on standardized tests, the isolated focus on so-called “basic skills” that has resulted from that narrow view is causing an outcry. Many note a loss of children’s joy in learning, sense of belonging, creative expression, and self-confidence. These are not easy things to measure, but they are visible and palpable in a vibrant community of learners, and are vital for maintaining a lively democratic society. AUGUST TO JUNE is not meant to suggest there is one right way to teach. It simply shows how one unconventional classroom puts schoolwork inside a larger picture.
Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
TEACH, Teachers are Talking, Is the Nation Listening is a film that features conversations about the art of teaching and learning by teachers themselves. Each day we hear about teaching and teachers through the eyes of administrators, politicians and business leaders. Public education in the US is under attack. Seldom is voice given to those dedicated and experienced teachers who work in our public schools. This documentary hopes to give dignity and appreciation to the passion, commitment and insight of those who make the choice to devote their lives to educating all of our nation's children. TEACH features interviews, public hearings, rallies, public debates, and news events that explore the national debate that is currently raging about our educational policies and seeks to expose what’s really happening.
Friday, July 29, 7:30 PM
"The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman"
The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For “Superman” highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents, students and educators to show how so-called reforms are actually hurting public education. The film discusses the kinds of real reform – inside schools and in our society as a whole – that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country.
As teachers, parents, and concerned community members, we urgently need better schools. We also know that the improvement we seek will never be realized without our input. For our children’s sake, we are organizing to reclaim our right to determine how our children will be educated. For our future’s sake, we are organizing to revitalize an education system that, for too many children, focuses more on test preparation than actual education. We demand a humane, empowering education for every child in America.
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